- Concessionary rates
I give consultations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you would wish to get in touch with me, I would then offer you an initial brief consultation on Zoom. You can request a full 60-min. initial consultation session in person, if you would prefer.
Please see below for further details.
About me and my therapy practice
I am an experienced counsellor and Emotion-Focused therapist.
If you are noticing that it becomes too difficult to manage challenging experiences, as your familiar ways of approaching these no longer seem to work, you are not alone. Originally helpful response methods can eventually be experienced as unfitting with, or challenging for, the present life circumstances /relationships.
For example, one might try to only feel what they learned to believe is acceptable, or expected of them, or safest, eventually losing touch with their most authentic feelings and needs.
Emotions signal what we experience in every moment. We are most securely empowered when we are in touch with how we authentically feel. However, when we habitually block unwanted emotions, they don’t “just go away”, as they are organic energy inside our body. E-motion is body energy in motion.
When suppressed, emotions such as sadness, anger, shame, and guilt, await within the body for opportunities to be released. They can become uncontainable, easily triggered. Suppression can possibly lead to too much anxiety, physical tension/pain, and illness, and it can become more and more difficult to fully appreciate the present experiences, sometimes developing depression.
It does not matter how overwhelmed you might feel when you finally seek therapeutic help. Your willingness to help yourself and the trust nurtured and experienced in the therapeutic relationship are significant 'ingredients' to therapy success, facilitating experiential changes.
I can work at depth using Emotion-Focused Therapy's well researched, evidence-based methods. I invite you to bring to session what feels most intense or in priority, and then we work collaboratively, processing any emotional blocks (emerging from learned internal dynamics from present time or from longer ago) such as guilt, shame, fear, and accessing empowering emotion available in your body.
My first session
I give consultations in my quiet, private consulting room in Edinburgh West End. I can see you in person and on Zoom, as it is most convenient to you.
The first step to gain the most from a therapeutic relationship is when a person desires to explore themselves, their life experiences / relationships. Then, searching for professional therapeutic help can be an unfamiliar experience. And choosing a new therapist can also feel uneasy; maybe you had an unhelpful previous experience or perhaps it was difficult to end a previous therapeutic process.
On the first session, I invite you to share what brings you to see me. If this is your first experience of talking with a therapist, I can help you in this initial contact.
We explore your own and unique life context experience, and I help you identify therapeutic goals. What would you hope to experience differently, which has not been helpful for some time?
The nature of our initial dialogue organically offers us a good sense of what it might feel like for us to work together. I often share some details of how I work therapeutically, and how I might facilitate the processing of your individual experience and related 'obstacles'. I can offer you some specific examples based on what you are sharing with me.
If meeting with me feels right to us both, we then talk about how we might go forward. We can also agree to review our work after 4-6 sessions, to help you appreciate whether you wish to proceed further.
Helping you gain clarity and appreciate or discover your Self is the focus of my work.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Identity issues, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Emotionally focused therapy, Humanistic, Person centred, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainees
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work